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Poster: reviewr Date: Dec 22, 2012 8:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Best Studio Albums Ever

Everyone loves top 10 list...
My best studio albums in no particular order:
Velvet Underground - White Light/ White Heat
Pink Floyd - Dark Side...
Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind
Bob Dylan - Blond On Blond
Bob Dylan - Highway 61...
Led Zeppelin - 4
Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
Beatles - Revolver
Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet

Others to consider: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Remain In Light, London Calling, A Love Supreme.

Your thoughts? (please don't say Sgt. Pepper).

Edit: These are just studio albums I'm talking about. There are many GD shows just as good, or better.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Dec 22, 2012 4:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

best studio album ever recorded:
hendrix - electric ladyland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNsiKa1Hpzw


the other ones, in any order:
hendrix - are you experienced
hot tuna - america's choice
grateful dead - wake of the flood
grateful dead - blues for allah
allman brothers - 1
led zeppelin - 4
pink floyd - meddle
black sabbath - 1
black sabbath - tyr
deep purple - in rock
deep purple - perfect strangers
rainbow - rising
motorhead - overkill
motorhead - bomber
hawkwind - doremi fasol latido
pink fairies - never, never land
ufo - flying
jefferson airplane - baxters
jefferson starhip - dragonfly
eagles - desperado
..........

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Poster: cosmicharIie Date: Dec 22, 2012 12:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

From CD's I own >>

Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
Manassas - Stephen Stills
Captain Beyond
Peace At Last - The Blue Nile
Phish - Billy Breathes

I don't own much Studio of any band. Mostly Live

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Poster: BVD Date: Dec 22, 2012 12:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

No particular order
Rubber Soul
Fresh Cream
Sticky Fingers
Axix Bold as Love
American Beauty
Surrealistic Pillow
Desire
Let It Bleed
With the Beatles
Wake of the Flood

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Poster: reviewr Date: Dec 22, 2012 8:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

I really appreciate the skill and talent that went into Pet Sounds. Hard to imagine someone had that in their head, and then put it out as music. I guess I'm biased because I just don't like it that much.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 23, 2012 1:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

One that changed the world: Never Mind The Bollocks.
"ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 22, 2012 6:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

A few of my personal "best" would include

Miles' Sketches of Spain
Metheny Group Still Life (Talking)
Queensryche Operation Mindcrime (for the genre its a freakin' masterpiece...for those so inclined...so says the little metal head in me)
Paco De Lucia Almoraima
Robert Palmer Sneakin' Sally
Santana Caravanserai
Steely Dan Aja

I agree with most of the folks here in regard to the Beatles, Stones and Floyd picks.

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Poster: ducats Date: Dec 22, 2012 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

Time Out of Mind (good album) better than Blood on The Tracks? cmon.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Dec 22, 2012 7:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

YES. In the general rock-and-roll world Blood is excellent. But, in the Dylan world it's in league with Another Side Of, Bringing Back Home, John Wesley and Oh Mercy - a step down.

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Poster: huntr Date: Dec 22, 2012 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

Floyd - Animals
Beatles - A Hard Days Night

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Dec 22, 2012 10:04am
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my favorite floyd album as well

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Poster: huntr Date: Dec 22, 2012 1:08pm
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I only did those two because they are the ones everybody always get wrong...

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Poster: reviewr Date: Dec 22, 2012 7:51pm
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I make a distinction between "best" and "favorite". My favorite Floyd would be Meddle. Favorite Beatles close call between Revolver and Abby Road.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 22, 2012 8:12pm
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I love the whole Obscured by Clouds , Meddle, DSOTM PF.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIt3uO8aziw

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Poster: huntr Date: Dec 23, 2012 7:11am
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I made that distinction as well....

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Dec 23, 2012 6:26pm
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Kiko-Los Lobos

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Dec 23, 2012 2:02pm
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My favorite studio album is Judas Priest's 'Unleashed in the East'.

Some of you might know what I'm talking about.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 23, 2012 5:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

So, you deem a live album a studio album?

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Dec 23, 2012 5:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

There's a lot more studio to it than live. It's known among some fans as 'Unleashed in the Studio'.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 23, 2012 6:28pm
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OK, that makes sense. Also, don't you think Halford gets overlooked in the best rock vocalist' polls that happen from time to time? Unbelievable range.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Dec 23, 2012 8:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

No doubt. A few of my all time favorite albums are 'Sad Wings of Destiny', Sin After Sin (produced by Roger Glover of Deep Purple), and 'Stained Class'.

A few other albums on my list are 'Back in Black', 'Number of the Beast, '2112', 'Moving Pictures', 'Who's Next', 'Harvest', Metallica (Black album), and 'OK Computer'.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 22, 2012 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

We share some of same .
Bob Dylan - John Westly Harding
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan - Highway 61
Beatles - Revolver
Beatles - Sgt . Pepper's
Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
Captain Beefheat - Ice Cream For Crow
Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy
The Residents - Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
Jon Wayne - Texas Funeral

Some of the "best" album, and some faves . I could sub in many others .
I would make separate lists for Jazz, Classical etc.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 22, 2012 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

This is something we did on Facebook a while back . Some might find this amusing, if self referential .
25 Records that have changed my life/ruined my mind

In the order they pop into my head ( note: these are not my " Greatest F'n albums of all time, or even my favorites, but the ones that messed me up. or sent me down a path , good or bad)
1. Bob Dylan - Greatest hits Vol. 1, & 2 - birthday present 1972 . "Hard Rain.."
"Memphis Blues Again, It's when I really fell in love with music .
2. Frank Zappa - We're Only In It For the Money
3. " " " " - Lumpy Gravy - Anyone who has heard my "torture tapes"
would hear these records influence .
4. Bonzo Dog Band - History of - Like a musical Monty Python . My friend Ryan.
upon hearing this," I see where your humor and sense of timing
come from".
5. Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica - When I met him, when he saw this a
album, he lit up. "This is my FAVORITE" yep!
6. " " " " " " - Ice Cream for Crow - What can I say? "The Thousand and
and Tenth Day of the Human Totem Pole" Skeleton Makes
Good"... Im still in awe .
7. Residents - Duck Stab/Buster and Glen - When my friend, Tony and I first heard "Lizard
Lady", we both just turned to each other and were scared.
Honorable mention to their short "Goosebump", Mother Goose
derived weirdness , especially "Old McDonnell's Farm"...
8. Jon Wayne - Texas Funeral - Tony put this record on my turntable, and when
we heard " Mr Egyptian... you're a Goddamnn liar..." we KNEW
we had pay dirt . "Greatest record since Abby Road" - Randy
Weilheit ... This was a BAD influence .
9. Gene Tracy - Truck Stop(?) - I was already into trucker stuff
with Red Sovine . Found this used 8track in a thrift store in
Lancaster . The UGLY side of trucking .Truck stop humor...
a REAL BAD influence.
10. Grateful Dead - Europe 72 - Their perfect sound . Not them at their hardest.
their best writing, most exploratory , or even mellowest .But
this is the one that hooked me .
11. "The Dylan/Cash sessions" - Bootleg - pushed me JC and BD fooling around
with old country etc. They do a Jimmie Rodgers "Blue Yodel"
which got me eventually into JR.
12. Jimmie Rodgers - ASV collection - next step ! Then I got it all ! Man do I love
Jimmie Rodgers !
13. Carter Family - Bear Family set - Like JR , it took a few steps. I don't know
what it is, but nothing will tear up my eyes, or give me
goose flesh, like the Carter Family.
14. Ernest Tubb -
When he is on, he is my favorite country singer .
15. Johnny Cash - Sun best of records that Mark Reid had . Of all the great stuff
that came out of Sun (inc. JLLewis) I think this is the best.
16. Sam Cooke - A Man And his Music - My favorite "soul" singer is also one of
the first.
17. Muddy Waters - Chess "Blues Masters series" - When my peers were into
Elton John, or Fleetwood Mac , this is what I was listening
to . A REAL GOOD influence .
18. Bob Wills - Bear Family set, mostly pre-war . It is hard to feel bad when you
listen to Bob Wills. Brings out the real Cracker in me..
19. Martin Denny - Exotica - Tiki is in my blood . This is most likely my
Grandmothers doing .
20. Herb Alpert - South of the Border - We had a station wagon with an 8-track
player . Had this.
. Like Martin Denny, this is such
guileless music . Well crafted and ... fun.
21. John Coltrane - Any of his middle period Impulse records.
22. Miles Davis - Esp - Silent Way . - Well coming from an old fan of Psychedelic
music, this was a natural (both Trane and Miles). Tony Williams
maybe my favorite drummer.
23. Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch - Cool to Coltrane's hot. I am sure my old Zappa
fandom made this easy .
24. Club Nisei - Japanese Hawaiian music from the early 50's. Why this music
( and Ozu's great post-war movies) have so much resonance
with me , I don't know . Makes me wonder about reincarnation.

25. Reverend Dennis Kamakahi - Hawaiian slack key guitar music . Nothing feels
like "home", than slack key music. This guy has the most l
lovely voice. A real find.
Honorable mentions - George Harrison - All Things Must Pass,Tom Waits -
Swordfish > Black Rider. Well, a bunch more Dylan,
late 60's stuff ( Traffic, Hendrix ,Moody Blues { the
pop mystical and my intro to Debussy etc.} etc.)
Coasters, Elvis, Jerry Lee, Bo, Chuck, Phil & Don
Roy, etc. John Prine - First 4, Gordon Lightfoot -
Gord's Gold . Oh the Byrds > Sweetheart.

Classical quickly - The Stravinsky Box, Debussy orchestra music - Boulez CBS,
Beethoven 1-9 Szell ,Bruckner -Haitink , Chopin Nocturnes - Arrau, Mozart -
Sym 38-41 Klemperer . Varese- Craft . Debussy - piano music - Jacobs.
Sibelius sym 2 - Barborolli etc . etc.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 22, 2012 8:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Studio Albums Ever

Don't often see The Black Rider on many lists.

Thank-you, thank-you. Thank-you, thank-you. You are too kind... >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHTn14moHa4

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 23, 2012 8:51am
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My vague stumbling, might not make it clear that I am talking about all Tom's albums from "Swordfish" thorough "Black Rider" . I am not sure his writing is as strong on BR compared to those other albums, but I LOVE it because it is so weird ! Thanks for the YT link .

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 23, 2012 9:27am
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Oh, I get the greater then sign.
Alice & Blood Money doesn't make the grade?

-from a fellow vague stumbler

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 23, 2012 10:26am
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I like them, but not as much as the listed albums .

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 22, 2012 2:34pm
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In a Silent Way over Kind of Blue?

Less so, but White Light/ White Heat over The Velvet Underground & Nico?

It's all good. I just wondered.

I agree that Time Out of Mind belongs among his best work.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Dec 22, 2012 7:55pm
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The VU argument is a good one, but Silent Way to me is absolute perfection. Take away "So What" and Kind of Blue ain't that much.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 22, 2012 8:01pm
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I think it's time to listen to In a Silent Way again.

Blue in Green is the epitome of sublime.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoPL7BExSQU

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Dec 27, 2012 3:35pm
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Disagree with you there, I love every track on Kind of Blue.

That being said, I've probably listened to IASW 5x as much as KoB. "Absolutely perfection," that's exactly right.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Dec 23, 2012 12:03pm
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Sun Ra - Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy

http://tinyurl.com/bn6vw8k

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Dec 22, 2012 1:09pm
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Trout Mask Replica
Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Aoxomoxoa
After Bathing at Baxters
Soft Machine Volume Two

Exile in Guyville
The Art of Walking

The Shape of Jazz to Come
Sonny Rollins Out West

And of course Metal Machine Music

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 22, 2012 1:35pm
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2 thumbs up for Metal Machine Music !

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Poster: segan63 Date: Dec 22, 2012 1:40am
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I don't know about a top ten list. I'm sure that I would forget some masterpiece as soon as I hit "Submit Reply". I like most of your list, but could probably offer alternatives by the bands you've listed that are equally good, at least in my mind:

Velvet Underground: Loaded
Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
Beatles: Abbey Road
Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
U2: Achtung, Baby

Other albums to consider, that I can currently recall:

Lou Reed: New York
Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville
Nirvana: Nevermind
Rage Against the Machine: Rage Against the Machine
Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique
Guns & Roses: Appetite for Destruction
Iggy & the Stooges: Raw Power
Morphine: Yes
Neil Young: Greendale
Tool: AEnima
White Stripes: Elephant

I suppose the GD studio album that is closest to contending would be Workingman's Dead...

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Dec 22, 2012 3:37am
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G+Rs... ?

did you mean... Deep Purple Machine Head

or... T-rex.

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Poster: segan63 Date: Dec 22, 2012 4:59am
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Can't say I've listened to Machine Head back to front and have only listened to sporadic T. Rex. More likely to check out Deep Purple.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Dec 22, 2012 8:37pm
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The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story
Grateful Dead - American Beauty
Carole King - Tapestry
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge
Johnny Cash - At Folsum Prison
Johnny Mathis - Open Fire, Two Guitars
Moby Grape - Wow/Grape Jam
Simon and Garfunkle - Wednesday Morning 3:00 AM

Don't know how I forgot "Beggar's Banquet" and "Surrealistic Pillow"

"(please don't say Sgt. Pepper)"...not sure why, but


And as for "Sgt. Peppers", I could easily replace that with "Revolver" or "The Beatles"(white album)


This post was modified by user unknown on 2012-12-23 04:37:09

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Dec 22, 2012 1:21pm
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St Folsum is my family's patron saint!

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Poster: user unknown Date: Dec 22, 2012 1:30pm
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OK ;)

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Dec 22, 2012 4:18pm
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Jimi Hendrix-Axis Bold As Love
The Beatles-SGT.Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band
CSNY-DeJaVu
Miles Davis-Kinda Blue
Santana-Abraxas
Rolling Stones---Sticky Fingers
Pink Floyd--Dark Side of the Moon
John Mayall-BluesBreakers w/ Eric Clapton
The WHO--Tommy
Paul Butterfield Blues Band--East/West

Noteables-G Dead-American Beauty-Paul Simon Graceland-Mark Knopfler Sailing to Philadelphia-Allman Brothers Eat a Peach
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tacks

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Dec 23, 2012 2:44am
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A Farewell to Kings

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Poster: adedhed68 Date: Dec 22, 2012 9:22am
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Wow I cannot believe that no one had mentioned Steely Dan:
Aja
Gaucho
Royal Scam

works of genius :-)

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Dec 22, 2012 3:01pm
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one that deserves mention not on any lists thus far....

Dire Straits- Dire Straits

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 22, 2012 7:58pm
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How about Live @ the BBC which was recorded on 7-22-78 and contains most of the songs from the first album?

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Dec 23, 2012 6:43pm
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but thats LIVE

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 24, 2012 9:13am
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I am a knucklehead sometimes. Duh?

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 22, 2012 11:45am
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Off the top of my head, excluding the Dead, and constantly changing, I'll limit myself to 10 + 1 classical -

John Martyn - Solid Air
Santana - Abraxas
Spirit - Future Dreaming
Hawkwind - 1st
Zappa - One size fits all
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Hendrix - Axis
Dylan - Blonde on Blonde (OK, tied with Blood on the Tracks, I just can't decide)
Pink Floyd Mark 2 - Wish you were here (again Pink Floyd Mark 1 - Piper at the Gates of Dawn, I just can't decide)
Neil Young - On the Beach

Bonus Classical disc

Sibelius - Symphonies 5 + 7 Boston Symphony Orchestra.